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As The Year Winds Down… | November 2017 Favorites

Hello, December! I honestly cannot believe you’re here already. How in the world has an entire year gone by already?! It’s actually unbelievable, time flies. I am so glad that I’ve kept up with these monthly favorites posts. They are so fun to put together and I love sharing them with you!

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#OperationNailGrowth Update (6 Weeks)

Time for an Operation Nail Growth update!

I began really putting in the effort to grow my nails at the end of July (about 6 weeks ago)…and it’s paid off! I’ve done nothing particularly special other than be extra careful when doing anything with my hands – always wearing dish gloves, NOT using my nails as tools, and applying cuticle oil like crazy!

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil - THE BEST! Cannot tell you how many bottles of this I've been through in the past few years.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil – THE BEST! Cannot tell you how many bottles of this I’ve been through in the past few years.

I’ve definitely seen some serious growth & have pretty much reached my ideal length; now it’s time for the tricky part – keeping them long & strong!

July 25th, August 4th
July 25th (Gelish, Exhale) – August 4th (Julep Lissa, Julep Tazeen)
August 11th, August 25th
August 11th (Gelish, Bella’s Vampire) – August 25th (Spoiled, My Silicone Popped)
August 30th, September 8th
August 30th(Orly, Prelude to a Kiss) – September 7th (Sally Hansen, Red My Lips)
Today
September  8th (Sally Hansen, Red My Lips – natural light)

I’m thrilled to have my nails back. Growing them out takes some time & determination, but it’s definitely worth it!

I’m looking forward to my next mani [maybe on Thursday] so I can re-shape & give them a fresh coat of polish.

 

Do you have any nail growth tips?

Let me know below!

XOX

#OperationNailGrowth

I’m currently in the process of growing my nails out. Woof.

This time last year, I had some serious claws – and I miss them!!

Sometimes, I can't even believe that these were are mine!!
Sometimes, I can’t even believe that these were mine!! Loved the almond shape.

I go back and forth between wanting long nails & super short nails. I’ve had baby nails for a couple months now, so I’m currently longing for some growth. 🙂

Being cursed with thin & weak nails, the *only* way for me to see serious growth is via gel manicures. These manicures last me [a week, minimum] & do a great job at preventing nearly all splitting or breakage. SO, a gel mani was in order…

Current mani: Gelish "Garden Teal Party"
I opted for Gelish “Garden Teal Party”

QUICK SIDE NOTE: I tweeted a photo of my mani last the weekend & got some social media love from Gelish [so fun]! At least they think my nails look amazing. 😉

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Since I’m trying to make my manicures last  as long as possible during these growing pains, I’ve been using my little manicure-lasting trick…

I’ve been able to prove time & time again, that if I paint over my gel manicure with regular polish, the mani lasts at least twice as long.

I was really loving my Garden Teal Party and wanted to paint over it with a similar shade. I recently had these polishes delivered in my Julep Maven boxes…

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Julep – Tazeen & Lissa. LOVE!

The teal was exactly the color that I was looking for, but I was dying to use this amazing full coverage glitter as well – so I opted for an accent nail on my ring finger. Stupid me wasn’t paying close attention while I was painting my second hand and I painted right over my ring finger with the teal. SO, I compromised & made my index finger on my right hand the accent nail. I can’t say that the mis-match has been bothering much!

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Here’s to hoping this mani lasts me another week! Come onnnnnn long nailllllllsss!

In the meantime, I’ll continue to drench them in cuticle oil every hour. 🙂

Sally Hansen, of course - my all time favorite oil!
Sally Hansen, of course – my all time favorite oil!

What do you do to help grow your nails out?

Any tips?

 

 XOX

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